Valleywide Legal Blog

“The Computer Will See You Now.”

Artificial intelligence is reshaping the world and medicine is one of the areas in which it is changing things rapidly with much more to come. Dr. Eric Topol wears many hats.  He is a cardiologist, a professor of genomics, director … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, science news, Secrecy |

Incidence of Malpractice in Long-Term-Care Hospitals.

Unbiased information about medical malpractice is often hard to come by.  As I have discussed from time to time, there is a veil of secrecy that surrounds malpractice events and claims.  Doctors and hospitals don’t want to admit they make … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, health, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Medication Errors, Nurses, Secrecy |

Medical Malpractice and Off-Label Use.

Off-label use is the use of a medication or a medical device for a purpose other than the purpose the Food and Drug Administration has approved for it.  Doctors sometimes prescribe a medication originally developed to treat one medical condition … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, Medical Devices, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical research, Medication Errors, Orthopedics, plaintiff, Secrecy |

What Is The Most Common Form of Malpractice?

I am often asked what is the most common form of medical malpractice.  Well, now we don’t need to rely on my opinion.  We have an answer based on over 20 years of malpractice suits and payments. In 1986, Congress … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, robotic surgery, Surgical Errors |

Protecting Yourself From Hospital Malpractice.

If you spend more than a few days in the hospital, you are likely to become the victim of hospital malpractice.  Modern hospital medicine is so incredibly complicated, it is news if there is no mistake made in your care.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Nurses, Pharmacies, Pharmacy Malpractice |

Finding the Right Hospital

Hospitals vary greatly in terms of the quality of their care.  In some hospitals infection rates are low and few patients need to be readmitted after discharge.  Exactly the opposite is true for some other hospitals.  You do not want … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, Hospitals, Medicare, Medication Errors, never events, Nurses, Secrecy |

Computer Problems Cause Medical Errors

Banner Health is big.  Not only is it the largest health care system in the state of Arizona, it is our largest employer as well.  When it has computer problems, many patients are likely to be affected.  This was the … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical charts, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, plaintiff |

Doctors On The Take?

You don’t need me to tell you we have an opioid crisis in this country.  Men and women of all ages, income levels and education levels are dying from overdoses.  Not only are there illegal opiates, such as heroin, entering … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fraud, Health Care Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Medication Errors, Pharmacies, Secrecy |

Once Again The Curtain of Medical Secrecy Parts, If Only Briefly

I have remarked from time to time about the curtain of secrecy the medical profession has erected to hide from patients and the public their medical errors.  Whether it is improperly sterilized endoscopes, settlements with injured patients, hospital investigations into … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medication Errors, Prescription Errors, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, Uncategorized |

Check Your Medical Records to Prevent Dangerous Mistakes

I wrote about this topic for the In The News section of our web site but it deserves repeating here.  The Wall Street Journal has some good advice for all of us:  Check your medical records.  The chances are you will … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, health, medical errors, medical mistakes, Medication Errors, Prescription Errors |